EHL: Blaze toughen up
Olson joins Coventry roster for 2012-13 campaign
Last Updated: June 21, 2012 9:11am
Paul Thompson has signed D-man Benn Olson ahead of the new season
Coventry Blaze have completed the signing of Canadian defenceman Benn Olson for the 2012-13 Elite League campaign.
The 25-year-old British Columbia native split last season in the American Hockey League with Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Houston Aeros and ECHL sides Alaska Aces and Ontario Reign.
In 81 AHL appearances - having also iced for Albany River Rats and Milwaukee Admirals - Olson racked up 313 penalty minutes.
Olson, who is 6ft 4in and 216lbs, has been assessed more than 1,500 penalty minutes during his career and will be one of the toughest players in the league next season.
Coach Paul Thompson said: "Benn is another player who ticks all the boxes. He is a big body who will play physical, who will be banging bodies around and who will take care of business.
"There is more to him than just fighting and taking penalty minutes - he has a big reach and was used on the penalty kill in the AHL. He is not one-dimensional, far from it. He looks after himself and has a fantastic attitude.
"I have been chasing Benn for six weeks and he turned down an AHL contract to come to us. He is still very young and is excited to be coming to Coventry and playing in the Elite League."
Olson joins Shea Guthrie, James Griffin, Ross Venus, Sam Smith, Russell Cowley, Peter Hirsch, Matt Selby, Jerramie Domish, Mike Danton, Gerome Giudice and Mike Egener on the roster for next season.